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Tech companies find their inner Zen

Sharon Gaudin | Dec. 19, 2013
Companies like Intel and Google are helping workers meditate to innovate.

Qua Veda, a research analyst at Intel, had similar ideas and began what has become a grass-roots push to bring mindfulness to the company's workforce.

"A few years ago, people took multitasking to be a great virtue," Veda said. "But it's about finding that quiet, centered place within so you're functioning at a much higher level of performance.... It's not just about stress reduction but having a capacity for insight and awareness, and engaging on a whole new level."

Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said it makes sense for companies, especially tech companies, to embrace meditation.

"Most technology companies will invest in things that help them get the most productivity out of their workers," Moorhead said. "Whether it's on-campus living, restaurants or meditation, the company wants to get more work out of their employees. Given the extensive hours and pressure this relatively younger workforce is under, free meditation classes don't surprise me."


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